Iowa Court Announces Adjudicative Term Calendar

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The Daily Record

The Iowa Supreme Court has announced its 2021-22 adjudicative term calendar, including a special evening session to hear oral arguments in Des Moines, special sessions at Drake and Iowa law schools, and a special session in Oskaloosa. The court’s adjudicative term began Sept. 2 and runs through June 30, 2022.

The Iowa Supreme Court schedules evening oral arguments sessions for the convenience of members of the public who wish to attend. Drake Law School and the University of Iowa College of Law will also host oral arguments with limited seating for the public. The special evening sessions at the Judicial Branch Building in Des Moines are for central Iowa residents who may not be able to attend the court’s regular morning and afternoon sessions.

The 2021-22 adjudicative term will also mark the eighth year the court will livestream and archive its oral arguments on the Iowa Courts YouTube channel.

The court’s special sessions schedule includes:

• Sept. 23, 7 p.m., Oskaloosa High School’s George Daily Community Auditorium, Oskaloosa.

• Oct. 8, 1:30 p.m., University of Iowa School of Law, Iowa City.

• Feb. 21, 2022, 7 p.m., Iowa Judicial Branch Building, Des Moines

• March 31, 2022, 9:30 a.m., Drake Law School, Des Moines.

The court will continue its regular schedule of oral arguments in Des Moines during the adjudicative term. All supreme court oral arguments are open to the public. Between May 19, 2011, and Sept. 17, 2019, the Iowa Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Cedar Rapids, Mason City, Carroll, Council Bluffs, Bettendorf, Ottumwa, Waterloo, Sioux City, Dubuque, Fort Dodge, Burlington, Clarinda, Toledo, Iowa City, Storm Lake, Creston, Decorah, Newton, Harlan, Ames, Clinton, Keokuk, Spencer, Charles City, Davenport, Cedar Falls, Knoxville, Red Oak, Forest City, and Muscatine. Coinciding with oral arguments, justices have visited 195 educational institutions.

The court did not hear any cases outside of the Judicial Branch Building in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It will continue to closely monitor the guidance of the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The court’s complete oral argument calendar for its 2021-22 term as well as its monthly schedule with links to case briefs and summaries is on the Iowa Judicial Branch website, iowacourts.gov.

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